Sunday, July 24, 2011

Breivik:  2083: A Declaration of European Independence

“An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide. “
Arnold Toynbee

The above quote is from The Manifesto.  I read about 100 pages and skimmed down to about half way through the 1,500 page document.  The last half was about how to wage a civil war.  The first chunk of The Manifesto reads like countless other conservative articles, but far more extensive.  The universities are systematically twisting history and just about everything else in their war against Western Civilization.  Thus, our governments have become active instruments for the destruction of Christianity, the family, economics, culture and everything else related to civilization, while Islam is unconditionally praised.  The source of this he identifies as political correctness which in turn he derives from Marxism.  This early section has a quote which expresses his view:

"Cultural Marxism defines all minorities, what they see as the victims; Muslims, Feminist women, homosexuals and some additional minority groups as virtuous and they view ethnic Christian European men as evil."

Sadly, modern university scholarship is this mindlessly simplistic.  At the same time, any genuine Christian would take exception to the term "ethnic Christian" as being nonsensical.  Ethnicity does not bequeath us our relationship with Christ.

Where things differ from the American conservative is the analysis of corporations.  Breivik criticizes Western capitalism as being a major part of the problem.  If only the West were capitalist.  The current cozy relationships with politicians and regulators - government directed corporatism - or corporatist directed government if you prefer - is anything but capitalist.  Capitalism requires the government to be a neutral and fair arbitrater so that markets can function properly.  The modern leftist, however, is quite comfortable moving between Washington and Wall Street - raking in the cash while piously insisting that it is all on behalf of the poor and oppressed.  (We dare not mention the name of the political system that advocates government directed capitalism.)  Certainly corporations are amoral and will always be so, but Breivik has bought into the classic leftist rhetoric here.  Breivik does not provide any challenge to the notion that western conservatism is unique to America.

Breivik doesn't seem to state anything directly on his religious stance.  There is plenty to say about the Koran, but not a quote from the Bible that I saw.  Sections 2.82-2.85 have comments on Christianity, but they are written by another author.  All we can do is presume that Breivik is sympathetic to the views he prints, while noting that he didn't write them directly:

"As a non-religious person, but still one that acknowledges and respects the impact of
Judeo-Christian thinking on Western culture, I have warned against naive Christian
compassion[1] related to Muslim immigration, as well as a disturbing tendency among
too many Christian organisations to ally themselves with Muslims, for "religious values"
and against Israel. But frankly, the most useful allies Muslims have in the West more
often than not tend to be found among the non-religious crowd."

This looks more like the modern secular conservative's attitude.  Christianity is a useful ally, but secular conservatives don't believe in it.  There is a bit more as I searched (3.81- ):

"Only Rome is the true church, since only Rome can lay claim to apostolic succession
dating back to Peter, the rock, per the sixteenth chapter of Matthew ("...you are Peter
and upon this rock I will build my church..."). Only the Roman Catholic Church is rooted
and grounded in this ancient apostolic tradition."

Fundamentalist Christianity has traditionally been about the Word of God (i.e. Christ, the Logos), which means the Bible.  The Bible is considered superior to tradition, hence the slogan Sola Scriptura.  Beivik says:

"Christ left a church, not a book, and that the Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura (by
scripture alone) is illogical because the formation of the canon (i.e. what we recognise as
Scripture) was itself a monumental act of the church. Thus, the Bible requires an
infallible church."

Um, no.  That mainline protestantism has committed spiritual and intellectual suicide is no secret, but that wasn't due to an unintelligible Bible.  And finally we see where this is leading to:

"When a just and conservative Pope mounts the chair of Peter, the tide will set strongly
toward Rome. We will hear of conversions on every hand. The joyful radiance of this
Popes appearance among us will be seen as nothing less than a strong and just knight of
Christianity. A Crusader Pope, a man who symbolises and protects the persecuted
Church. This new Pope will be a defender of Christianity, and will not contribute to the
annihilation of Christendom through suicidal humanism."

Salvation by the Pope?  Or perhaps the Pope is the Mahdi?  I am still left wondering whether Breivik is an atheist or not.  There doesn't seem to be any real spiritual dimension to anything.  Machiavelli is one of Breivik's heroes and this may represent Machiavelli's view of a church that is useful for harnessing the superstitions of the people towards the ends of a state, rather than the Marxist "opium of the people".  I didn't stumble across one Bible verse among the pages I surveyed.  Lest I be accused of doing the same, I will finish this post with a verse:

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." - Ephesians 6:12

2 comments:

Delirious said...

It is interesting that the press jumps on the word "Christian", but if he were Muslim, they would downplay his religiosity as being a contributing factor.

Dee Ice Hole said...

I would say we are in the fast lane trying to commit suicide for our great nation---I do not see any good coming out of the current mix in the house, senate, and president. None of the above are even trying to fix the problems with America's debt.